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Survey: Pheasants numbers up in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A recent survey indicates an increased pheasant population in North Dakota.

The spring pheasant crowing count survey showed a 6 percent rise statewide from last year.

Stan Kohn is an upland game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department. He says crowing counts were up in all four regions of the state.

Officials caution that spring crowing count data _ gathered by observers who drive 20-mile routes and stop at certain intervals to listen for crowing roosters _ is not always a good indicator of the fall pheasant population. Brood surveys that begin later this summer are a better indicator of pheasant production.